Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week will take place the week of October 23 – 28, 2017, on Brigham Young University Campus. The theme this year is: "Chemistry Rocks." The activities and programs are sponsored by the Central Utah Section of the American Chemical Society. Activities include chemical magic shows, a "hands-on workshop" especially for children, a symposium, and a research poster session with reception. National Chemistry Week is celebrated annually during the fourth full week of October (Sunday through Saturday) by ACS local sections. It is designed to enhance public awareness of chemistry's contributions to society and to our everyday lives. 

Chemistry Magic Shows

These will be held in the Benson Science Building on BYU campus as follows:

Monday, October 23, 5:00 and 6:30pm

Tuesday - Friday, October 24 - 27, 6:30 and 7:30pm

Each show will last about one hour. The demonstrations are proven crowd-pleasers illustrating important principles of chemistry. Tickets are free, and we invite all teachers, students, parents, scout troops, and members of the general public to attend. Since seating is limited, tickets are required. Ticket reservations can be made online at beginning October 9th. For group reservations (more that 10 tickets) please call 801-422-3667. Tickets go fast so reserve yours soon. 

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING OCTOBER 9th, 2017. AT 8:00 AM. To request magic show tickets, click here.

Shows will be held in rooms W111 or W112 in the Ezra Taft Benson Building at BYU on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 23
Tuesday, Oct. 24
Wednesday, Oct. 25
Thursday, Oct. 26
Friday, Oct. 27

Magic Show Presenters

5:00 -- David Dearden
6:30 -- Kara Stowers
6:30 --Jeremy Johnson
7:30 -- Josh Price
6:30 -- Josh Andersen
7:30 -- Ken Christensen
6:30 -- James Moody
7:30 -- James Patterson
6:30 --  Jeff Macedone
7:30 -- Daniel Mortensen

For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s web page at

Click here for tickets. If there are no tickets available, stand-by seating opens 5 minutes before each show. Tickets are released periodically, rather than all at once, to allow everyone the opportunity to request some. Keep checking every few days for newly available tickets.

Where is the BNSN and where can I park?

Have you taken a close look at the National Chemistry Week display case in the Fishbowl (W170 BNSN)?



Distinguished Symposium Lecturers: 

Dr. Daniel Austin will be speaking about rocks on Mars

Dr. Jani Radebaugh (BYU Geological Sciences) will be talking about rocks in Antarctica and her research down there.

Wednesday, October 25th

4:00-5:15 pm

Research Poster Session

This is a great chance to learn more about the current research in the Central Utah Section by faculty-mentored student research groups. This year's posters will be on display in the Benson Building lobby on Friday, October 27th. A reception will be held that afternoon from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Education in Zion Events

(new this year!)

There will be a gallery exhibition (October 16 - November 3) titled Famous Mormon Scientists in the Education in Zion Gallery at the top of the spiral staircase in the Joseph F. Smith Building (JFSB) at BYU. 

Gallery Hours:  Mon & Wed:  10 am - 9pm; Tue/Thu/Fri:  10 am - 5 pm; Sat: 10 am - 2pm.  Closed Sundays and Tuesdays from 11 am to 12 pm.  Enter the gallery through the east ground floor lobby or the entrance on the second floor.


FHE Program:  There will be a half-hour Family Home Evening program about Famous Mormon Chemists on Monday, October 23rd in the Education in Zion Gallery. BYU fudge will be served!

Program times:  7:30 pm & 8:00 pm  

For more information on either of these events please visit


Y-Chem will be selling $1 liquid nitrogen ice cream, chemistry t-shirts, and limited edition chemistry mugs October 23 - 27 from 11 - 2 p.m. and from 6 - 9 p.m. in the main hall of the Benson Building.

The Children's Hands-On Chemistry Workshop will be held at the Provo Library (550 North University Avenue, Provo) in the Children's storybook Room on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. 

Have a chemist visit your classroom! The Central Utah Section offers short presentations about chemistry for schools. These school demonstrations are similar to the Chemical Magic shows, but on a more limited scale due. We will not be able to schedule any of these classroom visits until after National Chemistry Week. If you'd like some chemical magic brought directly to your students in your own classroom, please fill out a demo request form.

For more resources and information about National Chemistry Week, visit the American Chemical Society’s web page at

Last updated 1 November 2017